FBI finds Al Qaeda link to Pensacola naval base shooting suspect: US official

first_imgMohammed Alshamrani in a photo released by the FBI. – (FBI)By ALEXANDER MALLIN and LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Monday is expected to announce that the suspect who carried out the December shooting at a Pensacola Naval Air Station had communicated directly with a suspected Al Qaeda operative, a U.S. official familiar with the probe confirmed to ABC News.The FBI found that the suspect, Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force, was found to have been in touch with at least one member of the terrorist organization before the attack, that official said.Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray are expected to make the announcement at a press conference later Monday morning.Alshamrani was killed by law enforcement during the attack.The shooting at that Pensacola, Florida, naval base in December killed four people and wounded eight.In a news conference in January, the attorney general said an investigation of the shooter has determined he was “motivated by jihadist ideology,” and called the attack an “act of terrorism.”The Justice Department has said that twelve of the 21 Saudi students identified were trainees at the Pensacola Naval Air Station while the other nine were receiving their training in military facilities across the U.S.A review of the trainees computers and personal devices found that several of the students had possessed “derogatory material.”“Seventeen had social media containing some jihadi or anti-American content,” Barr said. “However, there was no evidence of any affiliation or involvement with any terrorist activity or group. 15 individuals (including some of the 17 just mentioned) had had some kind of contact with child pornography.”The trainees were not prosecuted by the United States, but the Saudi armed forces had determined the cases “demonstrated conduct unbecoming an officer,” and the students were subsequently dis-enrolled from service, Barr said.On Sept. 11, the shooter posted a message on social media the “countdown has begun.” Investigators also learned that he visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend, and posted anti-American messages as recently as two hours before carrying out the attack at the base.FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said at the time, the FBI interviewed “more than 500 people.” The shooting itself lasted 15 minutes, Bowdich said, he was engaged by law enforcement about eight minutes in. He was killed by responding law enforcement and found to have possessed 180 rounds of ammunition.The FBI also determined that the shooter had studied Al Qaeda’s U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose propaganda campaign may have inspired more radicals than anyone outside of Osama Bin Laden before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.The shooting also exposed a rift between U.S. law enforcement and Apple.At the time, Barr and Bowdich criticized Apple for its lack of cooperation, saying that the company has “has not given us any substantive assistance.”Apple, in a statement, rebutted the characterization.“The characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation. Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing.”“Within hours of the FBI’s first request on December 6th, we produced a wide variety of information associated with the investigation. From December 7th through the 14th, we received six additional legal requests and in response provided information including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts,” the company said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP VICTOR ESPINOZA TO ACCEPT 2016 SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD ON SUNDAY; MEXICO CITY NATIVE SELECTED BY A VOTE OF JOCKEYS NATIONWIDE

first_imgWOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AFTER THE 6TH RACE SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and he will accept the award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following Sunday’s sixth race.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.last_img read more

12 Most Common Programming Pitfalls

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#hack#tips klint finley Peter Wayner lays out the “dirty dozen” most common programming mistakes in an article at InfoWorld. The mistakes come in pairs. For example: “closing the source” and “assuming openness is a cure-all.”What would you add to or subtract from the list? Which of these pitfalls trips you up the most often? Do you have any strategies for avoiding these pitfalls?Here’s the list:Playing it fast and looseOvercommitting to detailsNot simplifying controlDelegating too much to frameworksTrusting the clientNot trusting the client enoughRelying too heavily on magic boxesReinventing the wheelOpening up too much to the userOverdetermining the user experienceClosing the sourceAssuming openness is a cure-allYou can find detailed explanations in the original article.Photo by Stephen Woods Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts last_img read more

Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt

first_imgMOST READ Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn’t hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn’t look anything like a team thatwon 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.“It actually stinks,” closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. “They just flat-out played better than us the last three days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. 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This was supposed to be their year.Instead, it’s just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.“It’s disappointing,” manager Terry Francona said. “We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don’t think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.“Sometimes you don’t swing the bat. That’s part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games.”But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn’t himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.When the final out was made, and Cleveland’s season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.The list was long.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ESPN, TV5 join forces for rebranded ‘ESPN 5’ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I don’t think we need to get into details of that,” Kluber said when asked about the injury. “I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don’t think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.“I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber said. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver’s seat.But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn’t prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians’ unexpected slide.“It’s a missed opportunity for us,” said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. “I’m still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn’t mean much when you get to the postseason and can’t do the job.“I don’t have any explanation for it. I don’t know if there’s an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn’t get it done. We got beat. They played better. That’s the bottom line.”Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland’s fate.“They deserved to win, but I’m not going to tell you the better team is going on,” he said. “I still think we’re the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.“When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don’t finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that’s baseball. This game is tough. It just didn’t work out.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potential

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potentialby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their approach to the market is about targeting potential.Klopp admits buying readymade players isn’t in the plan.He told the Liverpool Echo, “In football, there are two ways to improve. One is to sign good players and the second is training, but having time together is always good. You don’t have time together in football, usually, but we had it then, which was really good.”We don’t start at minus 20 and say ‘by the way, set-piece, we do this, we do that’ and you have to explain to six players and you think ‘oh God!’. Having a basis is brilliant, but you need world-class players and if they are not world-class already, they need the world-class potential. That is what we need at a club like Liverpool.”I think that is what we tried to do and it I think it worked pretty well. All the boys have improved a lot since we were together and that is what you have to do. So whatever we achieved, we did it because the boys always took the next steps, got more mature, got more confident and more convinced about the way we play.”I think meanwhile, it becomes really natural for the boys and that is so important. For us, our big target was to qualify for the Champions League and it was clear we wanted to do that. But it’s the most difficult league to do this in, in England but it happened somehow.” last_img read more

Revenue from gambling in the BC Peace rises 17 percent in the

first_imgCombined, both facilities saw customers spend $29.68 million last fiscal year, compared to $25.34 million the year before.Slot machines made up the lion’s share of revenues at both gaming service providers in the two cities, totalling $15.09 million in Fort St. John and $12.52 million in Dawson Creek this past year.Bingo revenues were higher in Dawson Creek than in Fort St. John, with revenues of $477,000 and $257,000 respectively.Chances Fort St. John, which is the only Community Gaming and Bingo Service Provider in B.C. that has table games, saw its tables bring in $1.33 million.Operator commission was $4.42 million at Chances Fort St. John and quite a bit lower – $3.24 million – in Dawson Creek. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data from the B.C. Lottery Corporation released at the end of last month shows that revenues at the two Chances Gaming Centres in the B.C. Peace jumped over 15 percent in the last year.BCLC’s annual Gambling Service Provider Commissions Report shows that Chances in Fort St. John generated $14.51 million during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, an amount that jumped 15 percent to $16.68 million in 2017/2018.Chances Dawson Creek saw revenues rise 20 percent over the same period, from $10.83 million to 12.999 million.last_img read more

Spectra announces naming rights partner of Mercer Hall

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Mercer Hall, a 5,500-square foot multipurpose space in the Encana Events Centre will now be known as Co-op Mercer Hall.A multi-year agreement was signed by Spectra, who manages the Encana Events Centre, in conjunction with the City of Dawson Creek and Dawson Co-op have become the naming rights partner of the Hall, which is partly named after Dawson Creek namesake George Mercer Dawson. The facility has hosted 17 events to date including the Dawson Creek Pride Society’s Dragapalooza, a dinner banquet for Hockey Canada, an All Candidates Forum. The Hall can facilitate smaller events that are not a fit for the arena such as meetings, conventions, wedding receptions and parties. “Co-op Mercer Hall gives us yet another community space to hold events that enhance our sense of local pride and togetherness,” Rod Hillary, General Manager of Dawson Co-op, a local retailer of petroleum, home and building supplies, food and agricultural products, said. “The Dawson Co-op has always been a proud supporter of community events, so this partnership with the Encana Events Centre is a great fit.”“We have a long history of working with the Dawson Co-op on events and community initiatives,” Ryan MacIvor, Spectra’s General Manager of the Encana Events Centre, said. “We are excited to welcome them on board to launch the new Co-op Mercer Hall, which provides a new space and opportunity for more events and activities for our Dawson Creek neighbours.”THE MENTALISTS will be hosted Co-op Mercer Hall, an evening of mind-bending fun. Sponsored by the Dawson Co-op, Magician and Mind Reader Edward Stone and Comedian and Hypnotist Ray Anderson will entertain audiences on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Tickets will be on sale Friday, January 25 at the Tiger Box Office plus or www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca.“Spectra’s partnerships division was pleased to be able to facilitate a naming rights partnership that will be collectively meaningful to the Encana Events Centre, Dawson Co-op and the City of Dawson Creek,” Liam Weseloh, Vice President of Spectra’s Partnerships Division, said. “It’s clear by the volume and variety of events already booked in the new space that this partnership will prove beneficial to all partners, as well the community.”Dawson Co-op will also become the title sponsor of the Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Expo, which will showcase former Canadian Football League defensive back, personal trainer and fitness coach Tommy Europe. He currently stars in the Slice reality show “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp” and “Bulging Brides” and is also a stunt performer who has appeared in movies and tv series such as Deadpool, Arrow and The Flash.  Tommy will give two keynote speeches during the event on Saturday, February 16 at the Encana Events Centre.  Tickets will be on sale Wednesday, January 23.last_img read more

Goa CM drops Dy CM after 2 MGP MLAs break away from

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday dropped deputy CM Sudin Dhavalikar after two MLAs of the latter’s MGP broke away and joined the ruling BJP. Dhavalikar, the lone MGP MLA who did not break away from the party, hit back, terming the development as “dacoity by chowkidars”. In a communication addressed to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Sawant informed her about dropping Dhavalikar. “I have dropped Sudin Dhavalikar from the cabinet. The decision on filling up the vacant seat will be taken very soon,” Sawant told PTI. The CM’s recommendation to drop Dhavalikar was accepted by Sinha. “The Governor is pleased to accept the recommendation of chief minister that Sudin Dhavalikar shall cease to be a minister in the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister, with immediate effect,” an official notification said. Dhavalikar said, “People are stunned the way, in the middle of the night, chowkidars conducted dacoity on MGP. People are watching and they will consider their course of action,” he said. He claimed the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party was an outfit of the masses and would not be eliminated by such moves. Dhavalikar was allotted portfolios of Transport and Public Works which would be now looked after by Sawant. Governor Sinha, who is in New Delhi now, has cut short her visit and would be arriving in Goa later during the evening to administer the oath to the new minister replacing Dhavalikar. During the wee hours Wednesday, two of the three Maharashrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs– Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar– gave a letter to officiating Speaker Michael Lobo, merging their party’s legislative wing with the BJP. Dhavalikar, the third MGP MLA, did not sign the letter. On Tuesday, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar had claimed that his party was the target of a conspiracy by opponents. He had said moves were afoot by rivals to wean away Ajgaonkar and Pawaskar, and in the process isolate Sudin Dhavalikar. “Any attempt to disturb our MLAs will be viewed seriously and we won’t mind pulling out of the government,” the MGP chief had said.last_img read more

83 Lok Sabha MPs crorepatis

first_imgNew Delhi: At least 83 per cent of 521 sitting MPs are ‘crorepatis’ and 33 per cent of them have criminal cases against them, according to a report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).The ADR, an NGO working in electoral reforms, has compiled the report after analysing self-sworn affidavits of the 521 MPs out of 543 members elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections. “Out of the 521 Sitting MPs analysed, 430 (83 pc) are crorepatis. While 227 of them are from BJP, 37 are from Congress, 29 from AIADMK, among others,” the report said. The average assets per sitting MP for Lok Sabha 2014 elections are Rs 14.72 crore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile 32 sitting MPs have declared more than Rs 50 crore worth of assets, only two sitting MPs have declared assets less than worth Rs 5 lakh. At least 33 per cent sitting MPs have declared criminal cases against them in the affidavits. “While 106 of them have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women, 10 sitting MPs have declared cases related to murder. Out of these, 4 sitting MPs are from BJP, 1 MP from INC, NCP, LJP, RJD, Swabhimani Paksha each and one MP is an Independent,” the report said. “14 sitting MPs have declared cases of attempt to murder. Out of these, eight sitting MPs are from BJP and one MP each from INC, AITC, NCP, RJD, Shiv Sena and Swabhimani Paksha.” 14 sitting MPs declared cases related to causing communal disharmony. Out of them, 10 sitting MPs are from BJP and 1 MP from TRS, PMK, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen and AIUDF each,” it added.”last_img read more

Cong its allies have given up their fight in this LS poll

first_imgFatehabad (Har): In his first rally in Haryana during this election season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday alluded to alleged land scams under investigation and said the Congress has been reaping a crop of corruption in the state. Targeting the previous state governments, he said, They have done ‘Brashtachar ki kheti’ on farmers’ land and the proof is in Haryana. Modi stopped short of naming former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who faces an investigation. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra reacted sharply on Twitter to Modi’s comments, though he too was not mentioned by name. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework How the game to snatch farmers’ land at throwaway prices was played whenever the Congress was in power in Haryana and Delhi, you know this, he said. With your blessings, this `chowkidar’ took those who looted the farmers to court, he said. They are running around for bail, going to ED (Enforcement Directorate) offices. They thought they were emperors and nobody could touch them, but and now they are feeling the heat,” he added. I have taken them to the jail’s door, he said, asking for the people’s blessings again so that he can now put them behind bars within the next five years . Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The prime minister also targeted Congress over national security, corruption and the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. He claimed that after five phases of Lok Sabha elections phases the opposition now has given up the fight. “Now the situation is quite clear. With the blessings of the countrymen, when the results are out by May 23 evening, it will be ‘Phir ek baar… (Modi government again), he said. “Be it Congress or their ‘mahamilavati’ allies they have given up the fight, and their intention to form a ‘khichdi aur majboor sarkar’ in Delhi has fallen flat, Modi said. Your Chowkidar is working day and night to make India a global power, he said. Can any country become a world power if its defence policy is not strong? Will the world listen to a nation which is unable to defend itself? he said. He said Pakistan used to indulge in barbarism towards our jawans and terrorist attacks took place frequently before 2014. But a weak Congress government at the Centre responded only with statements, he claimed. Modi said his government gave a free hand to the armed forces and they are now striking deep inside Pakistan to kill terrorists, who are now running for cover. He credited his government for the efforts which led to Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar being designated a global terrorist by the United Nations. He also hit out at Congress for its poll promise to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and scrapping the anti-sedition law. This means the Congress is publicly talking about giving a free run to the supporters of terrorism and stone pelters. The Congress, which raised objection to saying Bharat Mata ki Jai, is now promising to scrap the sedition law, he said. The Congress wants that the ‘tukde tukde’ gang, those who abuse the country, insult our national flag and are supporters of Naxalism, be given a free run, he charged. Speaking in a constituency that has sizeable Punjabi population, Modi attacked the Congress over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, alleging that thousands of Sikhs were killed on the directions of the Congress parivar and their courtiers . He said justice was delivered to the victim’s families during the present NDA government. Without naming Kamal Nath, Modi said A person, about whom questions were raised in connection with the anti-Sikh riots, was made the MP CM and by doing so the Congress made it clear that it does not care about your feelings . He slammed Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy over an alleged remark on soldiers. He said youths who do not get two square meals join the armed forces to fill their bellies, Modi claimed, in apparent reference to a video which surfaced recently. Do the brave soldiers of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal join the forces because they do not get two square meals? This is an insult to our jawans. Can there be a bigger insult? he said. He criticised the Congress over the one rank, one pension scheme, saying it failed to implement it for ex-servicemen despite promises. He said that Congress does not care for the soldiers and its governments had failed to set up any memorial to the martyrs. They set up memorials in the name of their family members in every nook and corner and crores of rupees from the exchequer were spent on them, he said. Polling for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana will be held in the sixth phase on May 12.last_img